Maryland Officer Killed in Crash during Pursuit

wusa9photo
(WUSA/Sky 9 photo)

Fire/EMS Audio of I-95 Crash,
courtesy ScanMD

BELTSVILLE, Md. (WUSA) - A 23-year-old police officer is dead and another one was injured in a crash on Interstate 95 at Powder Mill Road on Monday afternoon.

The officers were reacting to a call of an auto theft investigation when they got a description of a suspects vehicle, a silver Acura with temporary tags, police said.

The theft happened in the Laurel/Beltsville area, when the Laurel police put out the description of the car, police said.

When the crash victims saw the vehicle on I-95, they tried to give chase to catch up to the car, police said.

Somehow, they lost control of their police cruiser and veered off the road. The officer who died in the crash was driving the police car and was ejected after the car crashed into the railing. He suffered massive head injuries and was pronounced at the hospital, police said.

The name of the officer who died is not being released, until police can contact the rest of his family.

The officer who died in the crash was a Prince George's County "Police Explorer." The Explorer program invites children to experience different aspects of law enforcement and train to become a police officer.

Prince George's County Police Chief Mark Magaw said many of the officers in the department knew the deceased officer since he was 15 years old, making it extremely difficult for them.



RELATED ARTICLES

St. Louis City Hall Evacuated

Bomb squad investigates suspicious cylinders and bag found at three entrances.

Calm Urged in Baltimore after Suspect’s Death

Officials and mayor call for calm after suspect suffered a fatal spine injury while under arrest.

Detroit Officer Charged with Assault

A Detroit-area police officer who hauled a man out of his car and repeatedly punched him in the head was charged Monday with assault.

Tulsa Sheriff: Volunteer's Training Wasn't Falsified

The Tulsa County sheriff said Monday he doesn't believe training records were falsified in connection to a volunteer deputy who fatally shot a man after mist...

Six Charged with Terrorism in Minnesota

Suspects are accused of conspiracy related to the Islamic State.

Oklahoma Deputy Disputes Training Criticism

Tulsa County volunteer speaks publicly for the first time since fatal shooting.

LAW OFFICER CONNECT

CURRENT DISCUSSIONS

 
JOBS